``Trimble is subverting Agreement'' - Ó Caoláin
Commenting on the weekend vote of the Ulster Unionist Council Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said that David Trimble is now ``actively subverting the Good Friday Agreement''. The TD called upon the Irish and British governments to ensure that any attempt to exclude Sinn Féin ministers from the All-Ireland Ministerial Council does not succeed.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said: ``It is clear from the UUC meeting that David Trimble is now actively subverting the Good Friday Agreement. He has, to all intents and purposes, joined the No camp. This leaves civic unionism - those unionist voters who support the Agreement - without a voice. They are faced - as they were in the South Antrim by-election - with a choice between the `No' brand of unionism and the `Definitely No' brand of unionism.
``It is absolutely vital that the Irish and British governments set their face against this attempt to turn the Agreement on its head. They must ensure that any attempt to exclude Sinn Féin Ministers Bairbre de Brún and Martin McGuinness from the All-Ireland Ministerial Council does not succeed.
``The motion adopted at the UUC meeting also seeks to throw out the entire process of achieving a new police service. Without a new policing service the Agreement, and the entire peace process, cannot succeed. In attempting to block the movement towards a new policing service David Trimble has succumbed to the demands of the most intransigent unionists who have opposed change at every juncture.
``One thing is certain. Republicans will not accept any hollowing out of the Agreement. There cannot be any second-class ministers or second-class citizens.''